The Ventura County Fair, which opened Wednesday to the theme of "Summer Magic," is expected to draw nearly 300,000 people during its 12-day run ending Aug. 28.
The 62-acre oceanside grounds is home this year to a midway, complete with carnival barkers, thrill rides and games. But fair-goers will also be treated to more country-flavored exhibits, such as a professional rodeo, a seashell display, a pie-eating competition and a casserole-baking contest.
Gates open at 11 a.m. every day and close at midnight.
Admission for adults is $4 and for seniors and children, $2. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
Some of the highlights, from the traditional to the odd, include:
Saturday--The second annual tattoo contest, which attracts some of the county's most elaborately illustrated men and women, will be held at 2 p.m. in front of the Photography Department. Entrants will be judged on the creativity and attractiveness of their tattoos.
Sunday to Tuesday--The Draft, Carriage and Friesian Horse Show will be held for three days in the Morgan Arena. These elegant horses, weighing as much as a ton each, will be ridden saddleback and driven from a carriage.